Thursday, March 31, 2011

April Plans and the A-Z blogging challenge.

Well, this month has been a bust for undiscussable reasons. So I'll move right along and slide the plans for March into April.
I will be doing the A-Z blogging challenge as here:

I found this challenge through gaming blogs I frequent and thought it would be an opportune way to throw myself back into the blog and the writing.

In a nutshell, I post every day of April excepting Sundays for a total of 26 days. Each day is a letter of the alphabet. So tomorrows word will be 'Archive' unless I change my mind.

I am apprehensive.

edit: hey, whattya know: I'm blog 941 to enter.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March Update

Two weeks have passed since my last post and again, life has overrun Gef. I will get back on track.

Two other writing things to get done by the end of the month:
A short story.
A one page dungeon for a competition.

Explanations of these will be forthcoming too.

More anon.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Still alive, still researching

Yeah, things have been a little weird in the background of this blog. Job hunting and a succession of family crisises have made me a little uncommunicative of late.

The work:
The more I read about this family and this mongoose the more I realise I don't know and the harder the decisions will be to make. What started out as a simple tale of a talking animal and his family has unfurled into a mess of small-town mores, physical and pyschological isolation, implied and inferred abuse and the strange tug between a person's desire for privacy and recognition.

The two best links about the whole thing thus far:

Fortean Times published this online in January and it gives the best referenced overview of the entire thing. The photos are fantastic containing several purportedly to be of Gef, and some interesting family shots- staged by Lambert and Price, but revealing nonetheless of how the family wished to be seen (Margaret's dress, Voirrey's shoes)

The Gef Facebook page. It is totally public, so no need to join. There are many fantastic photos and scans including the 5 paragraphs from the Usborne book of Ghosts which started me off on Gef. Only 5 paragraphs! Also, of coincidental personal (New Zealand) interest, James Irving had a print of a Maori Chief on the wall of their house, and the group has a scan of a print showing the same chief, plus a scan of a photo of the house showing the print in situ.

These people know their Gef, and the discussions bring up a lot of interesting ideas.